Low Cost Services
Turning Point Therapy is able to offer low-cost counselling through our Interns who are professionally trained counsellors completing their training. They are usually with us for about 10 months and under the close supervision of Delyse Ledgard.
We understand that many people are challenged financially, and we want to give as many people who need it access to counselling services. We are happy to provide this service. No referral is necessary.
The fee is $45 per 50mins session.
You can book online or Fill out the form provided and our admin Laura will be happy to assist.
Please note our covid policy at this time. In continuing to keep everyone safe and healthy we are implementing the following COVID protocols. We support your choice to be vaccinated or not, and recognize there are some people who are unable to be vaccinated. We are happy to provide online sessions for those clients who are not vaccinated or fully vaccinated, at this time. We look forward to when we can offer in-person sessions to all our clients. We do not require proof of vaccination but trust that you will adhere to this policy.
In-person and video sessions
Monday and Wednesday
Recognizing that every person has inherent value and worth, I bring an expectation of hope and the possibility for change to every conversation. At the foundation, my approach is relational and person-centered. When working with me, you can expect to be met with a kind, compassionate and gentle approach.
Everyone is unique and brings their own constellation of experiences and wisdom, which is welcomed and celebrated. Trauma and patterns of addiction are common experiences and having worked with people who have lived through severe trauma, we can work together to develop strategies for managing the impact of trauma on your life and dealing with the relational and emotional complexities.
Believing in the importance of evidence-based treatments, I draw upon Internal Family Systems, and somatic approaches, and am informed by attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology. In simple terms, our present-day emotions, thoughts, behaviours, and relationships are all impacted by our past environments and relationships in which we were immersed. These experiences then lay the blueprint in our nervous system for how we experience our present life and relationships. The therapeutic approaches I draw on integrate emergent research on neuroscience and trauma in a way that is easily accessible and holistic. They also give us a way to explore how the past may show up in our present moment experiences and offer a practical way for us to reorganize these patterns.
I treat each person with respect and as the expert on their own lives. I believe that there is not a one-size fits all model, and my goal is to create a safe, nurturing, and welcoming environment in which we can explore what you want to work through therapeutically.
I have had the privilege of working alongside people in recovery from trauma and addictions for the last 7 years. Specifically, I worked with people recovering from human trafficking, labour exploitation, sexual exploitation, sexual violence and assault, and various forms of violence and abuse. Currently, I am working with self-identified women and mothers in recovery from substance use in the Downtown Eastside. Additionally, I am completing a Master of Counselling degree at City University.
Through my work experience, I am familiar with the impacts of substance use and trauma and the many ways people try to manage the pain surrounding it. I have journeyed with many people as they work to find healing, integrate their experiences into their present life, and forge new patterns free from addiction. It has been a joy to witness the resilience, strength, and transformation of the community I walk alongside.
- Identity and self-esteem
- Shame, guilt and self-criticism
- Managing stress, worry, fear and anxiety
- Developing self-reflection skills
- Patterns of over-engagement in work, burnout
- Compassion fatigue
- Intense sensitivity to rejection, fear of abandonment, and difficulty with trust
- Life transitions
Online Session Only
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
Available until December 2022
I’ve been doing some form of counseling in various settings for over 35 years. Initially, my practice had a spiritual orientation and a focus on couples and group work. I’ve worked with all ages, from children to elders, to try and gracefully navigate the joys and heartaches of daily life and live in harmony with Life and each other. Lately, I have also companioned people who are trying to integrate and embody their non-ordinary and psychedelic experiences. In support of this work I most recently completed a certificate in Psychedelic Research and Therapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
My approach to therapy is quite simple. Most difficulties arise between people, not within them. When our interactions with our environment are troubled, we feel troubled. We are affected by each other. Harms that come to us through relationships can continue to echo in our lives until we find someone who will listen and care as we unburden our heart about what happened. When we can precisely grieve those losses in the safety and privacy of the therapeutic relationship, we may find our stuck places give way to more personal and relational freedom, vitality, and courage. I work in solidarity with people to create mental, physical, emotional, and relational environments for themselves that support their well-being and allow them to thrive. My client is the expert on themself and I am their enthusiastic student. I follow my client and let them teach me what it's like to be them. Together, we imagine and embody new ideas, feelings, and ways of seeing things. The changes that take place in the therapy room ripple out into the world. This conscious and confidential relationship of care and attention is fired by real human connection. I bring all of myself into our relationship and invite you to do the same. I would love it if you found therapy a place where you can deeply relax. I don’t have an agenda for you. I want for you what you want for yourself. I want to be your ally.
I am also happy to work with couples as they navigate how to love, listen, speak up for themselves and communicate honestly. Just as a healthy garden displays biodiversity, I find that my life is enriched by diversity. I celebrate wildly diverse expressions of personality, thought, belief, gender identity, sexuality, and relationship expression. I want to support the unique gift of who you are and collaborate with you in building a world for yourself that supports a relaxed, authentic, and connected you. It's my hope that my clients will feel thoroughly welcomed by me.
I am currently exploring Internal Family Systems Therapy and Relational Life Therapy (RLT). I love RLT because it gives tools to couples to learn how to cherish each other. It aims for a deep and vital connection between people, not just patching up difficulties. It inspires me.
In theoretical orientation, I take inspiration from the work of Steven Hayes (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Carl Rogers (Person-Centered Therapy), Fritz Perls (Gestalt Therapy), Milton Erikson, Irvin Yalom, Stan Grof (Holotropic Breathwork), R. D. Laing and Andrew
Feldmar (Radical Therapy).
I love having my hands in the dirt, creating fertile soil. I like to walk my dog, listen to music, and take in the beauty of the world around me. Being a mom, a gardener, and caring for the people I love are the most important things in my life.
Areas of Focus
- Trauma/Spiritual Abuse and Trauma/Shame
- Couples Work/Non-Traditional Relationships
(Polyamory, Arranged Marriages/BDSM/Kink)
- Gender Expression
- Sex and Sexuality/Intersex/Sacred Sexuality
- Relationship Issues/Infidelity Recovery/Intimacy
- Parenting/Infertility and Pregnancy loss
- Spiritual Emergency
- Psychedelic Integration
- Dream Work
In-person and Video sessions.
Monday and Tuesday.
Available until Mid-Oct 2022
“I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion - and where it isn't, that's where my work lies.” Ram Das
Consistent across my work is the belief that we come into this world whole, and that people don’t need to be fixed. As a relational therapist, I specialize in experientially working with self-discovery, relationship health, intimacy, and trauma. I find what is often missing in our lives are the deeply attuned connections where we feel seen, heard, and
understood. Having those connections enables us to regulate our nervous systems and to gather enough strength to accomplish meaningful change. There is tremendous healing in slowing down to intentionally listen to your body, mind, and heart. If you are feeling stuck or dissatisfied with your life, starting therapy can be the first step towards creating transformation.
Operating from an intersection of attachment, neuroscience, plant medicine and somatic frameworks, I focus on creating a safe container where we can both explore the delights and challenges of being human. The foundation of my therapeutic approach lies in identifying and integrating all the different parts that make up each person. This type of work allows my clients to recover from anxiety, shame and guilt while increasing their capacity to process expansive emotions such as joy, excitement, pride, gratitude, and love.
In my practice I welcome all individuals, couples, and people in multi-partner/poly relationships across the whole sexuality spectrum. Being an existential thinker at heart, I have a true appreciation for the human condition. We all contain multitudes and are in a constant process of unfolding. I feel extremely honored being a witness to such important work.
“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. “ Albert Camus
Outside of Therapy
My curiosity has led me to study behavioural psychology, fine arts, leadership development, and neuroscience. In my previous life, I have worked with high-performance individuals as a consultant and coach.
I was born in Uzbekistan and have lived on many continents, amidst many cultures. I now reside in Kits with my partner, my two kids, and our two dogs. I love anchoring myself to the present moment, whether it’s listening to records, dancing, diving into a literary novel, or trying to perfect the cannoli. My soul sings when I am in the wild, be it the mountains, forests, or large bodies of water.
- Relationship issues
- Sex & Sexuality
- Life transitions
- Relational Life Therapy
- The Gottman Method
- Psychedelic Integration
Saturday 9 am - 4 pm
Thursday and Fridays.
“Knowing oneself comes from attending with compassionate curiosity to what is happening within.” - Gabor Maté
I am a settler in Canada, born in Brazil, a person of colour, cisgender, and a beneficiary of the Canadian and Brazilian colonial system. I moved to Canada in 2002 with the desire to learn about different cultures and to gain different perspectives of human interactions.
Prior to be involved with mental health, I worked as a graphic designer in advertising agencies in both Brazil and Canada. Parallel to my corporate job, I was able to gain over 800 hours of yoga and meditation training and have had the privilege to study and travel to various countries. In 2016, I had the opportunity to host the Beyond Addiction (BA) program in Vancouver where I met Dr. Gabor Mate and Dr. Sat Dharam Kaur. During my involvement with Beyond Addiction (BA), I developed a deep understanding and interest in trauma which led me to become a volunteer at Downtown Eastside (DTES). In DTES, I saw firsthand the struggles one suffers due to traumatic childhood experiences. I taught yoga and meditation to individuals who lived with various mental health issues such as substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and trauma - people who were self-medicating to stop their pain.
From that experience, in 2018, I was invited to be part of the first training in Compassionate Inquiry (CI), a psychotherapeutic approach, led by Dr. Gabor Maté. With the certification in my hands, in 2019, I became a CI intern which involved working to support and hold the space for groups around the world including the first BIPOC CI group during the training. I have been integrating the CI approach in my practice ever since, and facilitating CI groups since January 2022. My love and curiosity about mental health and human behaviour led me to go back to school to pursue my master’s degree.
My intention, as a therapist, is to help my clients to become aware of their belief system, their interpretations, and to create a ‘brave space’ where they would have the courage to share and to face their deepest traumatic events. I believe that authenticity, care, and compassion are keys to helping individuals to reconnect with their true selves and to develop resilience to explore their deepest traumas and repetitive patterns. Through invitation and curiosity, my clients are fostered to explore their cognitive processes, feelings, and somatic experiences. When working with me, clients can expect to experience the Compassionate Inquiry (CI) approach, Internal Family Systems (IFS), somatic experiences models, and psychoeducational approach. My purpose is to walk alongside my clients working from a trauma-informed lens. I also integrate into my sessions the teachings of mindfulness practices which may help my clients’ nervous system to be befriended. My approach is holistic and also integrated with evidence-based practices. You can expect to experience care, compassion, and understanding during our sessions.
Outside of my counselling work:
I am curious about cultures and I love engaging in conversations with people. My major self-care is to spend time walking in the forest with my dog (Benjamin). I appreciate a good movie in the company of my lovely husband and I also love reading books about neuroscience, human behaviour, and psychotherapy models. I enjoy my own company and love meditating and practicing yoga. You may see me riding my bike or jogging around the Musqueam lands in UBC.
- Eating disorders
- Compassionate Inquiry (CI) (Certified 2019)
- Internal Family Systems (IFS) (training starting in April 2022)
- Psychedelic Integration (Psychedelic Assisted-Psychotherapist - training started Feb. 2022)
- Mindfulness practices